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How long will my appointment take?
At InVision we provide a thorough medical and vision assessment. A comprehensive examination takes on average 25-45 minutes. The length of the exam is determined by your particular eye condition and the amount of time it takes to effectively communicate the findings of your examination. Additional time will be needed if special testing, contact lens instruction, or selection of eye wear is necessary.
eye doctor questions
What is dilation?
Dilation of your eyes is often necessary to thoroughly assess your eye health. Drops are placed in your eyes to open your pupil and allow the doctor to see the inside of your eye better.
How long does dilation last?
The drops take 10-20 minutes to take effect and the retinal exam is usually about 15 minutes. It will be more difficult to focus on near activities. Your vision typically returns to normal after several hours.
Can I drive after?
We recommend bringing someone to drive you afterward. The enlargement of your pupil increases your light sensitivity which can be improved with sunglasses. It will be more difficult to focus on near activities.
How often should children have their eyes checked?
Patient age Risk  free  At risk
Birth- 2 years At 6 months As recommended
2 - 5 years At 3 years As recommended
6 - 18 Every 2 years As recommended
Children considered to be at risk for the development of eye and vision problems may need additional testing or more frequent re-evaluation. Factors placing an infant, toddler, or child at significant risk for visual impairment include:
• Prematurity, low birth weight, oxygen at birth, grade III or IV intraventricular hemorrhage
• Family history of retinoblastoma, congenital cataracts, or metabolic or genetic disease
• Infection of mother during pregnancy (e.g., rubella, toxoplasmosis, venereal disease, herpes, cytomegalovirus, or AIDS)
• Difficult or assisted labor, which may be associated with fetal distress or low Apgar scores
• High refractive error
• Strabismus
• Anisometropia
• Known or suspected central nervous system dysfunction evidenced by developmental delay, cerebral palsy, dysmorphic features, seizures, or hydrocephalus
How often should adults have their eyes checked?
Patient age Risk  free  At risk
61 and up Annually As recommended
2 - 5 years At 3 years As recommended
6 - 18 Every 2 years As recommended
Patients at risk include those:
• with diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of ocular disease (e.g., glaucoma, macular degeneration)
• working in occupations that are highly demanding visually or eye hazardous
• taking prescription or nonprescription drugs with ocular side effects
• wearing contact lenses
• who have had eye surgery
What should I bring to my appointment?
Photo ID
• Medical insurance card and/or vision insurance information
• Name of vision insurance carrier and vision insurance card
(If you have one, there often isn't one provided.)
• List of current medications and supplements
• Current glasses and contact lenses (boxes are helpful)
Am I a candidate for contact lenses?
If you are interested in contact lenses it is helpful to mention this when making your appointment as additional measurements may be required during your exam. The doctor will discuss your needs and expectations with you and use that information with your prescription to determine if contact lenses will meet your needs.
If you decide to try contact lenses you will work with a technician to learn how to care for and wear them. The doctor will assess you vision and make sure they fit properly. When you are new to contact lenses or make a significant change to your prescription a follow up appointment may be necessary to make sure the lenses are right for you.
What is a refraction?
The refraction is the portion of the exam where the doctor determines your prescription (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism). These numbers are the starting point for creating a glasses or contact lens prescription.
Does my insurance cover refractions?
A refraction is often covered by vision insurance plans. It is rarely covered by medical insurance plans, such as Medicare, as they consider this routine eye care and not a medical service. As always, it is recommended that you review your plan benefits with your carrier.
What is a contact lens fitting?
A contact lens fitting is when the doctor chooses and fits a contact lens for you based on your prescription, eye shape, and visual needs.
Is a contact lens fitting covered by my insurance?
A portion of the contact lens fitting is often covered by vision insurance when you choose to use your vision benefits for contact lenses. Medical insurance will sometimes cover a portion of a contact lens fitting for medical eye conditions such as keratoconus or aphakia. As always, it is recommended that you review your plan benefits with your carrier.
What if i do not have vision insurance?
We welcome self pay patients in our office. We strive to provide the best value for you and your family.
What's the difference between vision / medical insurance?
It is common to have both vision insurance (for example VSP or GBA) and medical insurance (Medicare, Blue Cross, or United Healthcare). They are very different in terms of what they cover.

• Vision insurance typically covers a basic eye health assessment and prescription for glasses annually. Many plans help to pay for contact lens fitting and contact lenses or glasses. Co-pays and amounts of coverage vary greatly from plan to plan. This kind of plan does not cover assessment, testing, and care for medical conditions.

• Medical insurance coverage should be used when the doctor is assessing a medical condition that can affect your eyes such as diabetes or hypertension. It is also used when you have a medical eye problem or emergency like cataracts, dry eyes, allergies, or infection. Medical co-pays and deductibles apply in these cases.
The rules and procedures for how and when to use your insurance are created by your insurance company. Our doctors provide the care necessary based on your vision and eye health needs. There is no way to know before an exam whether a patient's blurry vision is due to simply to a need for glasses or if it's caused by a medical condition like cataracts.
What insurance do you accept?
First, we recommend all patients with insurance read about the difference between vision and medical insurance above.

Vision Plans we accept:
VSP-Vision Service Plan,

Medical Insurance we accept:
United Health Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tricare, and more!

If the Medical Insurance you carry has a Vision Plan associated to it, it is best to call the plan to find out what the name of the Vision Plan is.

Please ask if you are unsure. Insurance is constantly changing!
Do you accept "out of network" Vision Plans?
YES! You would pay for your portion of the visit, then submit your receipt along with paperwork to your Vision carrier. They will reimburse you with the Out of Network benefits.
What if I have an urgent eye problem?
Please call our office if you are experiencing: Flashes or floaters, have something in your eye, scratched your eye, have dry/itchy eyes, matted or swollen eyes. If it is an immediate emergency, please call 911!
InVision Family Eye Care
1211 Hauck Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
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InVision Family Eye Care 1211 Hauck Dr. Rolla, MO 65401 Phone: (573) 364-6300 Fax: (573) 341-5058

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